Source: Sky Pony Press
Hardcover, 40 pgs.
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The Runaway Pumpkin: A Halloween Adventure Story by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Aaron Zenz, features adorable pumpkins. The single-toothed pumpkin boy is dreaming big in this story, and while he talks of running off to play mummy or fly on brooms with witches, his mother is supportive. Although she wants to protect him from the things that go bump in the night, his mother is aware that kids want independence and want to grow up faster than their parents are ready for. She knows that without his blanket he’ll be scared at night, so she offers to pack it for him. Her support does not go unnoticed by the little pumpkin.
We’ve probably read this more than a few times since it’s come into the house, but she loves the adventures of the little pumpkin. Her favorite parts are when we see his mother watching over him from under the straw on the hayride or in the distance behind some bushes. It’s like a little game of hide-and-seek. By the end of the book, we’re both ready to enjoy the adventures of both mother and son pumpkin.
The Runaway Pumpkin: A Halloween Adventure Story by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Aaron Zenz, is cute and has a great message about giving children some independence to think and do on their own, but it also cautions that parents need to be ready in the wings to step in when they are needed. My daughter’s favorite parts are when the little pumpkin dresses like a pirate and wears a fake mustache.